The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar)
The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar)

The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewinecellarcda.com/
  • Phone: (208) 664-9463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Northwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz and Blues Nightly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar)
The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar), not just a restaurant, is rather a place for old friends to meet and new bonds to be formed. We offer a relaxed and pleasant environment for your special night out, or any night out. Come and experience The Cellar, and you will see why it has been one of Coeur d’Alene's top night out destinations for over 20 years.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar) reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (18)special occasion (14)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (12)romantic (11)neighborhood gem (8)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Doing the wine tasting next time.
    Momo
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    What an amazing dinner we had. We decided to try the chefs table and chose $30 per person for our price point. The food was incredible and one dish after another kept coming out family style. I could not believe the value since we definitely ate more than $30 worth! Chef Chris took great care of us and did not even flinch when we told him about our three allergies at the table. (Nuts, shellfish, and gluten). He would come out personally to let us know who could have what with each course. We so appreciated it. The night was so special and I loved the ambiance and the wonderful suggestions for wine and warm drinks. We will be back again soon. This will be our regular spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a disappointment
    Crystal
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We were looking forward to this restaurant meal given that it is under new ownership by a local who is well-known and has cooked at and owned very good establishments. We arrived for the reservation and the main room had a number of available tables for 4 but we were told that we could only be seated at a high table on bar stools by the bar. The other tables were "taken." We were offered a table downstairs but we had had to cope with the very loud live music in that area before and wanted, reasonably, to have a conversation with our companions. We left rather/quite annoyed, went a block down the street to another, familiar, local restaurant, and had a very pleasant meal. I hope the new owner is able to get the place better organized.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Bad...
    tnaseely
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had eaten here once before and thought the menu was well rounded and the food was out of this world. We went back expecting the same experience but ended up disappointed. We were told they had a new chef and thus a new menu. The new menu was abbreviated compared to the old one. We ordered the shrimp and a brie dish for appetizers. The brie was excellent but the shrimp were huge whole shrimp the likes of which I have seen at a crab shack on the coast- it was unappetizing and difficult to peel. The salad that we ordered had a good mix of flavors but it would have been tastier and healthier if they had served it on a bed of dark greens rather that a wedge of iceburge lettuce. All-in-all there are better restaurants in town for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Innovative Menu Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We loved the Cellar. My husband and I were out for a nice dinner and we got it! Our server, Scott, was really helpful and knowledgable about their new menu and all his recommendations were spot on. We were served a wonderful steelhead salmon grilled to perfection and the New York Steak with fried Gorgonzola and polenta. The polenta was a bit underwhelming but everything else was amazing. The wine list is extensive and well thought out. Don't miss the chance to try some very special wines in the Vino Tech Bar. The Cellar is a great place and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    seated by the bartender, with a towel hanging from his back pocket and tennis shoes. ordered a cocktail with no cherry, got one anyway. We dined on the "grill" for 2. Presentation was a blob of mashed potatoes, 2 tiny shrimp, thinly cut zucchini and red onion, dry and tasteless, a few slices of steak, sausage and a chicken breast. Boring and tasteless. Escargot topped with cheese and little garlic flavor. I made the reservation on line and added in the comment section my wife's birthday. My wife even mentioned "it's my birthday", finally the server approached us with a dessert menu and asked if we cared for a birthday dessert. We declined, paid our bill and left, never to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall ok noise high
    Outnabout
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Love this restaurant, the location, the new bar. Noise level with band too much. I love the live music with dining but 3 people to much, I suggest one man acoustic guitar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The music was too loud, the band started at a good level & then got to a point where it was too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great wine, good service and terrific food. Everyone was very friendly. A must!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    Cookallthetime
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I ate here ten years ago but after my recent meal I would not return. The salad was flavorless. The pasta was gummy. The service was good and my wife's pizza was fair.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great main course
    TreasureHuntress
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our main course and the service were the winners at our visit to the Cellar. The salads and desserts could use some improvement. Overall, we had a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice facility, food just OK
    TallPhilVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we had hangar steak and the salmon on top of orzo, both pretty ordinary. service was fine but had to ask for attention a couple of times.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok, better choices
    afbf
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Beer taps were all down, never received part of order, etc. It was pleasant, wine sampler was cute bot very expensive. Better choices in town.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our 2nd visit and the service problem we had the first time was still present. The atmosphere was nice enough to try it again. That was probably a mistake. The food was hit and miss with our party of 5. The pesto pasta that was ordered was bland and served well after the others had their meals. While the salmon cakes and bouillabaisse were tasty the flatbread pizzas were doughy and bland. The Caesar salads we ordered were excellent. There is a serve yourself wine bar which is cool in theory but empty bottles and lots of fruit flies were a big turn off. Even the wines from the serve yourself bottles tasted a little off, almost as though too much air had gotten to them. That said, a pleasant dining experience was not had by all.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice place
    Baxter
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I have been coming to Couer d' Alene for several years and enjoy the Sherman avenue area. The Cellar is an exceptional restaurant with tasteful and interesting dishes all presented in an upscale environment. They have a good wine selection and reasonable prices. After diner it is easy to pop downstairs for a night cap and some live music. I have been to this restaurant twice and both time the server (different one each time) was polite, funny and engaging without being intrusive. We will be returning, thank you for the excellent time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We all had something different and we all had a fabulous meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine, Dine, Divine.
    MrFowl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Best restaurant in Coeur D'Alene? Best restaurant in C'DA. I've skipped past this place so many times while taking my daughter on a walk, but a on a whim I decided that our family should go out. I doubt The Cellar could do anything unpleasant even if you asked them to. From the most friendly servers, to food that just can't be beat; I ordered a Lamb Shank and that meat just fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. They catered to my one year old's obsession for berries, mixed a killer drink for my wife, and had a variety of my favorite Whiskey I hadn't tried before. I'm glad we live close enough to walk because even if I wasn't planning on drinking I couldn't resist. This is a place for anyone who wants a good drink and better meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the The Cellar (FKA The Wine Cellar) reviews archive.
  • Just a Great Evening
    Winers
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The fun started with the wine tasting. Excellent suggestions from our waiter Nick. We had the Grill Sampler with the four sauces. The Whiskey Peppercorn and Huckleberry were outstanding. Just a fun evening and we will do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    Diane509
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Made a reservation for 4th of July to have dinner before the fireworks. Unexpected great music downstairs. Our meal was great. We started with gazpacho and a Caesar salad The special was Prime Rib and I have been so disappointed in Prime Rib lately, but this was superb. 10 oz cooked to perfection. Veggies under were fresh and properly cooked al dente with savory potatoes on the side that seemed roasted and herbed. Hubby had Papardelle Bolognase which tasted the way it was supposed to ... very delicious, Italian style. We also enjoyed a flight of reds that meshed seamlessly with our meals... yummy. Love this place and the music was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bartender!
    foodiEATheart
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Our bartender, Casey, was fabulous! Very attentive & helpful with suggestions. He really added to our fun-filled evening! The host was also wonderful & very accommodating with our several changes in location to satisfy the group. A relaxing, upscale atmosphere with a superb menu selection. A definite treasure in the downtown CDA scene!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    epicure16
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was excellent and the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our meal was superb and our server was perfect. Her name was Mindy and she did everything to make our night special. We were celebrating my sister's 50th birthday and the night was perfect! So glad that they accept Passport as that made our dinner (which I paid for even better). Thanks Mindy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food Good; Service No So
    ArleneVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The evening we dined at The Cellar, we were one of two other couples in the restaurant. Even though quiet at the restaurant, we waited at least 10 minutes for our server to arrive to introduce themselves and ask if we wanted a beverage. After that we were rushed to place our order - not sure why since there were still just the six of us in the restaurant for an early dinner. Salads, salmon and pasta dishes were good but there are other restaurants in the area that offer food just as good with better service. Maybe an off night for The Cellar but first impressions last a lifetime.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun place to eat!
    loveNWgems
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A very enjoyable ambience was enhanced by the live music played while we were dining, which made the experience even better. The appetizer was delicious, we order a dinner special for two where the meat was done exactly to our preferences with dipping sauces that I wanted to bring home with us! Even with big appetites we managed to bring home enough to share the next evening. This was our second trip to The Cellar and we would recommend others to give it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cross your fingers
    foodandfun
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Both the food and the atmosphere at The Wine Cellar are wonderful. The service left much to be desired, we were very dissapointed. Hopefully it was just a bad night and won't be repeated.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Will definitely come back. I got engaged here and it was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Cellar I've Been In.
    Nesspra
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The Cellar was a great find. They had an excellent array of salads and a good choice or appetizers. We shared a salad and a pizza for dinner and both were delicious. The wine menu was intense, so much to choose from. They had local live music acts, abit loud for dining but decent music. Our waitress was friendly and energetic. We had a great time here. Definitely worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Par excellence
    IBSleepy
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Great place, great food, great ambiance. What more can I say? Definitely will recommend and return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dueling pianos
    greenfishgirl
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The piano entertainment was great, although not much dueling going on. The food and service were excellent. My only complaint is that I made a reservation one week in advance, requesting piano side seating, but our table was toward the back. We were a bit disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food was great, Music entertainment was great and Service was Great Had a great time, My daughters first time and was her Birthday She enjoyed the whole package !!! and she's from New York
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week at The Cellar
    BCS15
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was a great dinner followed by glasses of port while listening to Kosh. Thank you for a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine and Dine
    Sweetbee
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We were a party of four and we had never been there but the other couple had. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The ambiance was vibrant, but the place felt chilly, temperature wise. I guess enough people had said something because the staff must have raised the thermostat. The food was delicious and though I chose to share a meal with my husband I was quite please with the choice. The wine list was extensive, and expensive, but I managed to fine a bottle that was within my price range and palatable, too. The entrainment added to the experience of the evening. We left the place satiated and pleased with our choice of restaurant. I would highly recommend The Cellar to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific meals at The Cellar
    MsJeanna
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The Cellar is one of my fave foodie places. Great ambience, fab food and a righteous wine list make this restaurant a must visit for anyone who values a carefully crafted meal with a great bottle of wine. The beautifully restored turn of the century setting has a hip vibe mixed with old brick, pressed tin ceilings and super sexy bar that draws you in from the street. This week's visit during Restaurant Week meant we got a great deal too! Just 28 bucks for a pre-fixe three course dinner that was really terrific. My recommendation? The mussels as my first course pick would make many a main course pale by comparison. Delicious deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    After have the restaurant recommended to us by friends, we were very disappointed. I had the lamb and while it was good, it came with a large mound of a mashed potato like substance that wasn't worth eating. There was a tiny amount of over peppered seasonal vegetables as well. My wife had a salad which, while tasty, was tiny. Expensive prices and not worth it at all.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food is always great here and I love the atmosphere. Good wine is a pluss too! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience, music
    Annabelle
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The live bands are always a fun treat here and the decor is great. Nice place to drink wine and have fun.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Window Table
    happycampers
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We were fortunate to have a relatively quiet window table in the corner front upstairs. Had we been seated downstairs (music) or in the larger area upstairs (large group tables), we would have had a hard time conversing. We each had a pizza which were good, but I'd give the caesar salad a miss next time (my fault for ordering it... there isn't much you can do to make a caesar salad special, and why does every restaurant offer one?)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal, Poor service
    Oneydee
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We had a server who missed the mark badly enough that much of the experience of enjoying our dinners was ruined. Forgot our salads to start. After 15 minutes of waiting I had to flag her down to inquire about the salads arriving before the entrees. Server looked surprised and embarrassed and immediately hustled off to get the salads. We no sooner got them with her apologies than the entree's arrived. The (different) server who brought those looked embarrassed too but just stacked the plates and left. By the time we finished our salads the entrees were cold! The food was good (albeit cold) but we never saw our original server back at the table until we finished. Final straw was the bill came and was inaccurate. Disappointing!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Mountaineer
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Based on Wine Spectator recognition and recs from friends we expected more. Bouillabaise was good, but portion was quite small for all three who ordered it. Two of our party ordered the Elkburger and were pleased with it. Waiter seemed inexperienced and was not as familiar with the wine list as one would expect. Prices were reasonable; atmosphere was unremarkable. We dined on the main floor. Service is also available downstairs, so I cannot offer an opinion there. We will give it another try, however. The neighborhood is fun and we may have hit them on an off night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wife's birthday
    Baylee
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We had dinner for my wife's birthday. We asked to sit downstairs, but were told there were no open tables. When we went to get our wine, the room was less than 1/2 full. The service was slow, at best. The time we were seated, to the time we left, was just short of 2 hours. The food was better than average, and was very well presented.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We loved everything about our evening. Our waitress was outstanding and we loved the music! Great food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.